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Brian Manning interviewed by Cathy Harper [sound recording]
Bib ID 4298294
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Manning, Brian, 1932-2013, Interviewee
Access Conditions Written permission required for research use, personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2008 
5 sound files (ca. 369 min.) 

Brian Manning speaks about his parents and siblings; his education and level of parents education; his love of music and sport; leaving school; employment; family relationships and family life; forming a jazz band and playing at local dances; interaction at local dances; popular dances in 1950s; alcohol and tobacco consumption; reasons for leaving Mundubbera, N.T.; moving to Darwin (1956); employment in Darwin; the Communist Party (1959); unionism; a waterfront dispute (1998); the National Council of Maritime Union; founding the N.T. Trades and Labour Council, Unemployed Workers Relief Centre; the moratorium movement re Vietnam War; thoughts on terrorism in current era; political leadership of Australia and the United States; "The stayput Malayans" (1961); Tampa crisis (2001); asylum seeker controversy (early 2000s); the "Wave Hill walk-off"; founding of the N.T. Aboriginal Rights Council (1961); Arbitration Commission hearings (1966) into equal pay for Aboriginal Workers; other N.T. Aboriginal Rights Council legal actions; strikes.

Manning discusses Aboriginal workers in Queensland; stolen wages, the Stolen Generations; the permit system imposed on full-blood Indigenous Australians; land rights; wages treatment of Aboriginal workers on Victoria River Downs and Wave Hill; living conditions; internal union politics; government welfare; Vincent Lingiari; Philip Nitschke; Dexter Daniels; Gurindji people's land rights claim, freehold and pastoral leases; Gough Whitlam; the Howard Government's intervention into Aboriginal affairs in the N.T. and restrictions; thoughts on turning communal land into individual leases; the Rudd Government's Indigenous policies; welfare quarantining; alcohol restrictions and his own experience with previous prohibition on alcohol and Indigenous Australians; the Bukulatjpi family; background to an illegal radio operation between East Timor and Darwin (1974); Cyclone Tracy (1974); the Anniversary of founding of Fretilin in Dili; the Australian Federal Police; Andrew Olle; Falintil; Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos Horta; his personal life in terms of children and marriages.


Recorded on January 14 and 15, 2008 at Darwin, N.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) 
Subjects Manning, Brian, 1932-2013 -- Interviews.  |  Frente Revolucionaria do Timor Leste Independente.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Darwin -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Political activity.  |  Discrimination in employment -- Australia.  |  Strikes and lockouts -- Northern Territory.  |  Timor-Leste -- Politics and government.
Occupation Trade unionists.
Other authors/contributors Harper, Cathy, 1974-, Interviewer


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